Monday, August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder Dies at 83; Star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’


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Mr. Wilder’s neurotic comic persona added a special edge to numerous hits, like “Blazing Saddles,” “Stir Crazy” and “The Producers.”

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Power of Memories: ‘Muriel’ and ‘Cemetery of Splendor’


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The French director Alain Resnais and the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul examine national trauma.

‘Don’t Breathe’ Tops the North American Box Office


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The horror movie booted “Suicide Squad” out of the No. 1 spot.

Review: In ‘Equity,’ No Room for Sisterhood Amid Gloves-Off Wall Street Warfare


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Meera Menon’s film, starring Anna Gunn, challenges stereotypes of ambition, corruption and sexism, even as it exploits their tenacity.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review: Jason Statham in ‘Mechanic: Resurrection,’ a Hit Man on Cruise Control


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The latest foray for the Mechanic takes him around the world after his nemesis arranges a triple assassination he can’t refuse.

Review: ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer,’ but Somebody Is


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This adaptation of a Dan Wells novel features a 16-year-old protagonist with sociopathic tendencies trying to solve murders in his small town.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Natasha Lyonne, So Much More Than ‘the Girl’


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Ms. Lyonne, who has two new movies, talks about working with her old friends Chloë Sevigny and Clea DuVall, women in Hollywood and her troubled past.

Review: In ‘Fatima,’ a Muslim Mother Working in France Hits Her Limit


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This film by Philippe Faucon, based on two books by Fatima Elayoubi, depicts tensions between a North African immigrant in Lyon and her teenage daughter.

Review: ‘In Order of Disappearance’ Emits a Dash of ‘Fargo’


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Stellan Skarsgard stars in this dark comedy, in which drug dealers feel the wrath of a father who has lost his son.

Review: Mom’s in the Hospital. The Riot Scene Needs Retakes.


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Nanni Moretti’s film, starring Margherita Buy as a movie director and John Turturro as an American star, makes a case for blurriness in art and life.

Review: ‘Floyd Norman: An Animated Life’: He Broke Barriers at Disney


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Mr. Norman, the first African-American animator on Disney’s staff, hand-drew scenes for classics including “The Jungle Book” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

Review: In ‘Blood Father,’ Mel Gibson Plays With Pulp Fiction


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The movie, directed by Jean-François Richet, finds the grizzled loner of a hero fighting to protect his daughter.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: Love, Loss and Spiritual Torment in ‘The Sea of Trees’


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Matthew McConaughey stars as a professor who enters a Japanese forest to end his life. There he meets a businessman, played by Ken Watanabe, with the same goal.

Review: ‘The Hollars’: Domestic Meltdowns in Middle America


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John Krasinski directs and stars in a story of a man who finds that although he can go home again, the place remains a mess.

Review: ‘Hands of Stone’ Returns Robert De Niro to the Ring but Pulls Its Punches


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Jonathan Jakubowicz’s film has scattered pleasures, like Mr. De Niro’s performance as Roberto Durán’s trainer. But the boxing scenes do not come within swinging distance of “Raging Bull.”

Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’: Whose Bright Idea Was It to Rob a Blind Man?


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With solid suspense, murky lighting and “gotcha!” scares, Fede Alvarez’s film will probably please fans intrigued by those elements.

Review: In an Obama Biopic, the Audacity of Hagiography?


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The writer-director Richard Tanne builds on the Obamas’ first date, in Chicago, in this worshipful film.

The Race to Save the Films We Love


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Every day we lose more frames from beloved old films. Preservationists are rushing to save them before a crucial part of cultural history is lost.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hackers Publish Nude Pictures on Leslie Jones’s Website


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The breach showed personal information like a driver’s license and a passport, and images of a nude woman.

Review: In ‘Happy Hour,’ the Effects of One Divorce on Four Women


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Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s leisurely paced film observes the minute, everyday interactions that cause people to fall in — or, here, mostly out of — love.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Physically Disabled. Menaced by Evil. Up for a Fight.


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The odds are always against the heroes of horror films, but what if they are also physically disabled? “Don’t Breathe” is the latest in this subgenre.

Review: ‘Kate Plays Christine,’ a Blurring of Fact and Fiction in a Suicide Story


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This movie is a sequel of sorts to Robert Greene’s “Actress,” which focuses on boundaries between actors playing themselves and fictional characters.

Monday, August 22, 2016

News Anchors Mad as Hell in ‘Network’ and Suicidal in ‘Kate Plays Christine’


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Christine Chubbuck shot herself on July 15, 1974, on the air. Did she inspire Paddy Chayefsky’s classic satire?
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